Bambi Sy-Gobio of Kookie & Luscious expanded her business into restaurant/ cafe with the soft opening of Restaurante Pia y Damaso @ Greenbelt 5. Pia y Damaso specializes on colonial Philippine cuisine inspired by Noli Me Tangere. According to Bambi, the cuisine is called "comido antigo" and it is probably what Damaso ate, Maria Clara was accustomed to, and what Ibarra and the other young accused subversives found comfort in." (I'm really not sure what this means)
Just a brief review of Noli: Kapitan Tiyago married Pia Alba but for 6 years they were not blessed with a baby. They approached Padre Damaso who suggested that they dance in Obando in front of their three patron saints: St. Pascal Baylon, St. Claire and Our Lady of Salambao. Miraculously, Pia concieved a baby. She died while giving birth to Maria Clara who was named after the Obando patron saints. Rumor has it that Padre Damaso was the father of Maria Clara.
After eating in John and Yoko, or Fish Out of Water or Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, go to Pia Y Damaso for desserts! It has a veranda that overlooks the Greenbelt Church. This would be perfect during the Christmas season. BTW, La Maison Brasserie is also open in Greenbelt 5 but we already had a trauma with how lousy the food was when we celebrated my birthday in Trinoma @ La Maison.
Sisa's Dementia (P160).Truffle cake with white chocolate almond pastille, dark chocolate mousse & ganache. It was not too sweet and seemed that the combination was perfect. Recommended but I won't go crazy over this.
Maria Clara's Velvety White Cheesecake (P220) with dayap & calamansi marmalade. Interesting Lemon Cheesecake. I liked the lemon marmalade taste which makes this cheesecake bearable until the last bite.
Lemon Tuyo Pasta (P275). We should call this Damaso's Disaster. There was no taste of Lemon or even the saltiness of Tuyo. It was bland as it can ever be. It was their first day of soft opening so I understand that things like these could happen. My mom suddenly missed the tuyo pasta she had at Lime 88. Can you share your experience with the food @ Pia Y Damaso?